Friday, December 04, 2015
How group-selection runs deeper than Nietzsche's individualism or asceticism in religion
To update Nietzsche's pioneering idea that morality is essentially the means of making something survive the individual, which Nietzsche did not approve of, it is the altruism inherent in group-selection that was and is the means of allowing life to survive the individual.
This means that the individualism of Nietzsche (however great the individual) and the individualism of modern libertarianism do not go deep enough in examining human nature. As the great E. O. Wilson said, “Within groups selfish individuals beat altruistic individuals, but groups of altruists beat groups of selfish individuals.” And so the social conquest of the earth emerged.
This has meaning in defining human nature and political philosophy, where kin-selection and group-selection more naturally favor ethnopluralism, ethnic cultures, and ethnostates, and not one-world globalism, melting pots, or the hyper-individualism of libertarianism.
Even the deeper ascetic side of most religions favors the individual path to the God or Father Within by ultimately rejecting all material life, which created problems for later philosophers of theology in affirming social and political life while attacking materialism.
This contradiction is resolved in the Twofold Path of theological materialism where the Inward Path to the Father Within is conservatively retained but transformed in the Outward Path of material evolution to supermaterial Godhood, which requires the long-term protection of both individual-selection and group-selection, as life continually evolves toward higher things.